"Baker Street" is a song by Gerry Rafferty, first released in 1978. Named after the famous London street of the same name, the song was featured on Rafferty's second solo album City to City. The single reached number 3 in the UK and performed even better in the US, where it became a number 2 hit, in addition to reaching the top 10 in the Netherlands (number 9).
It was Rafferty's first release after the legal issues surrounding the formal separation of the band Stealers Wheel in 1975. Rafferty was unable to release any material for three years after the band's break up, while resolving the disputes about the band's remaining contractual recording obligations.
The song's prominent saxophone hook (in the original version) was played by Raphael Ravenscroft, and the guitar solo by Hugh Burns (musician).
The eight-bar alto saxophone solo led to a resurgence described as "the 'Baker Street' phenomenon." There followed a jump in saxophone sales, and a noticeable increase in the use of the instrument in mainstream pop music and TV advertising. This solo was originally planned as a guitar solo. Ravenscroft was in the studio to record a brief soprano sax part, and when the guitarist was not available, suggested that he had an alto sax in his car which might substitute for the guitar.